Imitation Of Life is in Development

Imitation Of Life Summary

  • Show Status: In Development
  • Genre: Musical
  • Imitation Of Life is 2 hours 10 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Show Closes: Open ended

Set during the early 1910s in Atlantic City NJ, a Black woman navigates her life and business while her light-skinned daughter is determined to build a new life for herself full of white privilege.

Imitation Of Life on Broadway Background

Original Book Published in 1933

The Imitation of Life book was originally published in 1933, and the novel deals with issues of race, class and gender.

Movie Treatment in 1934

The first Imitation of Life movie appeared in 1934, just one year after the book was first published.

The original movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and in 2015 was added to the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress due to its cultural significance.

Movie Treatment in 1959

A remake of the 1934 film was done in 1959, that included top stars are Lana Turner and John Gavin. The stars received Academy Award nominations for their performances.

Lynn Nottage and John Legend Develop The New Broadway Show

Lynn Nottage and John Legend brought their creativity and talents to this retelling of the story for Broadway in a bid to illuminate and uplift modern Black life.

What's Imitation Of Life Like?

Set in the 1910s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the story explores issues of race, class and gender in early 20th-century America.

Bea is a young black girl left to fend for her incapacitated father and and her young daughter all by herself. Using he canny attitude and daring approach, she battles through the early-century sexism and racism to build a thriving and successful business.

As her daughter grows up, she is painfully aware of the tension between her white appearance and black racial identity. She continually attempts to pass as white to gain wider advantages and succeeds. She ultimately severs all ties with her family and she marries a white man and moves away. making the full transition to white society.

Is Imitation Of Life Good for Kids?

The content of this show is appropriate for children over the age of 14 years


Universal Theatrical Group

Get Lifted Film Co

Creative Team

Original Book
Fannie Hurst
Lynn Nottage
Music and Lyrics
John Legend